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Lorillard calls for halt of 'Truth' ads

No other tobacco makers rushed to join Lorillard Tobacco Co. in challenging the legality of ads from the American Legacy Foundation, but neither have they ruled out joining the challenge. Lorillard called the foundation's "Truth" campaign from Havas Advertising's Arnold Worldwide, Boston, and MDC Communications Corp.-backed Crispin Porter Bogusky, Miami, "unscrupulous" and "deceitful." It served notice last week that it believes the ads violate the deal with state attorneys general under which tobacco companies fund the foundation and that it will ask a judge to enforce the deal's language barring ads vilifying tobacco makers. Legacy officials denied their ads vilify tobacco companies and charged Lorillard's real concern is the ads are working. AdAge.com QwikFIND aaN08i

Deutsch lands more Revlon biz

Cosmetic marketer Revlon, which just hired Rochelle Udell, most recently president of Fairchild Publications' Internet unit, as exec VP-creative development and design, moved its flagship Revlon brand account from Kirshenbaum Bond & Partners to Interpublic Group of Cos.' Deutsch, New York. Kirshenbaum was given creative and media planning duties for the $80 million Revlon brands account in February 2001. At that time, Deutsch was awarded creative responsibilities for Revlon's Almay brand and media buying for Revlon brands and Almay. "Deutsch's creative efforts for the Almay Brand have helped us to reposition, modernize and reinvigorate the brand's formidable heritage. We believe that they can apply the same level of strategic and creative thinking to the other Revlon brands," said Revlon President-CEO Jeffrey Nugent. QwikFIND aan08q

JWT called in on Domino's Pizza

Domino's pizza consolidated its agencies, axing two shops from its roster: Interpublic Group of Cos.' Deutsch and Don Coleman & Associates. WPP Group's J. Walter Thompson, New York and Detroit, assumed national advertising, creative development and execution, multicultural advertising and media placement responsibilities. Marti Flores Pietro Wachtel, an agency backed by WPP, will continue to manage Hispanic marketing and advertising. JWT's relationship with Domino's began in 1996, when the agency took on media buying and field marketing. Talks to expand that relationship unfolded in late 2001, said executives with knowledge of the situation. QwikFIND aan08d

American Airlines flies to Interpublic

The consolidation of American Airlines' $30 million global business with Interpublic units Temerlin McClain, Irving, Texas, and Universal McCann, from Omnicom's DDB Worldwide, Dallas, was not a reflection of dissatisfaction with DDB, which had creative, planning and media buying. Rather, the decision to consolidate under the McCann umbrella was a matter of gaining cost savings and efficiencies, according to an American spokesman. Mark Denesuk, chief operating officer at Temerlin McClain, said that the agency's connection to McCann-Erickson WorldGroup helped American's U.S. shop Temerlin McClain win the global account. "We can leverage the resources we have from working on the domestic business to fulfill the needs of the international account more efficiently," he said. QwikFIND aan08g

Lawrence, former Braniff CEO, dies

Longtime airline executive Harding Lawrence, 81, husband and business partner of ad industry icon Mary Wells, died Jan. 16 of pancreatic cancer at home in Mustique, St. Vincent, West Indies. Best known for his work at the helm of Braniff, which he joined in 1965 as chief executive, Mr. Lawrence transformed the regional carrier into the nation's eighth-largest airline. Key to the turnaround's success was a marketing and image campaign, the "End of the Plain Plane," created by Ms. Wells, who later married Mr. Lawrence. He retired from Braniff in 1980; the airline went bankrupt in 1982.

Staples search remains elusive

Executives with knowledge of the situation said talks were held between retailer Staples about its creative account (now handled by Cliff Freeman & Partners, New York) and Grey Global Group's Grey Worldwide, Los Angeles. Staples VP-Advertising Judy Shapiro denied that, however, and told AdAge.com, "We 100% are not looking at any outside agencies. We're very happy with Cliff Freeman. ...We love the work that's on TV right now for us." Grey executives had no comment. Grey Global Group's MediaCom recently picked up the office supply retailer's $114 million media account. QwikFIND aan08a

FYI...

Neil french, Singapore-based worldwide creative director of WPP's Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide, is threatening a boycott by the Ogilvy network of this year's Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival, due to the controversial emphasis last year to weed out ghost ads, or creative work entered in an ad show without having run in the media. Two entries from Mr. French's Singapore office were scrutinized but cleared as legitimate. An Ogilvy spokesperson said that no corporate decision has been made not to go. ... McDonald's Corp. North American President-Chief Operating Officer Alan Feldman, 49, resigned early last week. His duties were assumed by overseas peer Jim Skinner, 57, who took a new post as president-chief operating officer of the McDonald's Restaurant Group Worldwide. For more, see QwikFIND aan07u. ... Neiman Marcus merchandising and marketing guru and Advertising Hall of Fame honoree Stanley Marcus, 96, died last week in Dallas. He invented the chain's lavish Christmas catalog and other retail innovations.

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